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So many people ask me what the heck is an MDWRIGGS. So, I will give you a small breakdown so you can see how it came to be. Not that it matters, not that you are asking but I need SOMETHING to write in this section and so this is it. M is for Michelle :) Simple enough right? D is for my maiden name *unimportant really* WRIGGS is just a short nickname from my married last name. Those who know me will appreciate the shortened version because its a fun tricky last name to say and spell :) Thats it, there you have it.

A New Year | Ottawa Valley Portrait Photographer

January 3rd, 2012

Happiest New Year to all of my friends, family and wonderful clients I have come to know in the past year.  2011 has been a great success for me professionally as well as personally and for that I am truly blessed.

2012 is the beginning of my 4th year in business in the Petawawa/Ottawa Valley area.  Each year brings on new challenges, new surprises and new love for what I do.  If I am not pushing myself to learn new things, I become bored.  This is FANTASTIC news for my clients because it means that I am growing as a photographer and able to offer a new perspective, new technique or just my own personal style to your photographs.  Style is something that is very important to me.   Its something that comes from within and if it has to be copied then it isn’t a personal style. Its just an interpretation of someone elses work.  Flattering and frustrating at the same time.

I have some fun things coming up in 2012.  I am attending a workshop that I have been anxious to attend for about three years.  I pick and choose my workshops carefully based on my style and what I love about photography.  I have attended 2 major workshops and I await my third coming up in the next two months.  I look forward to sharing my new skills with my past, current and future clients.

I’m so extremely grateful for all of the love and support I have been given by my family and friends.  If not for the patience of my husband I wouldn’t be doing this.  He knows all too well the countless hours of editing I put in at the computer.  My wonderful boys who although they think I’m “playing” on the computer … do understand that sometimes mom needs to take a few hours in the daytime to get some work done :)

I’ve put together a small picture.  “A Year in Pictures”.

I had an external and a computer crash earlier this year but I have one picture from most sessions on here.  If I’ve missed your family, it is likely because I have lost some older sessions.  It isn’t because I didn’t love you dearly :)

Wishing you all wonderful things in 2012 and I continue to appreciate all of your support for a successful 2012 for MDWRIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY.




I am often asked about my hours and I just wanted to elaborate.  I have a little boy who is still in school part time.  Once he begins school full time, I will open up more hours for sessions.  Currently from Spring to Fall, I generally book 4-6 weeks in advance.  Newborns are different as I am able to book daytime spots when my own babies are in school.  Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to the day where I can take on more frequent bookings.  At this time I will take on approx 1-2 sessions per week.


YOUR Sincerely Blessed Photographer :)

GIVE A SESSION … GET A SESSION | Ottawa Valley Photographer giving back

November 30th, 2011




















Do you know a family, a couple or anyone who deserves a FREE session?  Do you know someone who is in desperate need of some holiday cheer?

I have had the most wonderful three years as a Professional Photographer in the Upper Ottawa Valley.  I want to give back to two deserving families.

If you know someone who you feel should be nominated for a free session, please send me an email to: michelle@mdwriggsphotography.com

Entries will be received until December 18th, 2011.

Please email me with your nomination.  Please tell me a little bit about yourself, about the person/s you are nominating and why you feel that they should be selected for this free gift.

Once the winner is selected, they will receive an email from me with information about the session they have been given.

The person who NOMINATES the family who is selected will ALSO receive a free session in 2012.


Winner will receive:

Outdoor location or studio session in 2012

Approx 10 proofs in an online proofing gallery

AND a small print package with no further purchase necessary.

The person who nominates the winning family, will also receive the same thing :)


***Fine Print: Sessions MUST take place in 2012.  The two sessions will require advanced booking.  Dates may be limited based on my availability, which is why advanced booking is required.

No cash value, can not be redeemed for cash and can not be transferred.  The print package is predetermined.  Additional prints purchased will be available at regular 2012 pricing.


Email submissions to:  michelle@mdwriggsphotography.com



Beautiful girls | Ottawa Valley Family Photographer

October 31st, 2011

I wasn’t too sure what the weather was going to bring us but we got  lucky on this sunny almost warm … end of October day.

Was great to meet your family and it was an even better surprise that you managed to get EVERYONE home for the session.

Hope you enjoy :)  I’m still working on this session but wanted to put two up since I have them and I am trying to catch up on blog posts, lol





Love the last one best of all.  Makes me wish I had a sister *sigh*

Baby Bump to Newborn | Ottawa Valley Newborn Photographer

October 31st, 2011

I was so excited when I was able to fit in a session for Lisa and Tim.  We went to my all time favorite location and had some beautiful yummy light for this perfect maternity session.  Miss C is absolutely charming and MORE than thrilled to be a big sister.  Not long after our maternity session, Lisa and Tim welcomed baby Liam! And he is absolutely beautiful.   Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your new family :) Here are a few of my favorites from belly to baby :)








My Own Growing Boys | Ottawa Valley Childrens Photographer

September 27th, 2011

Sometimes I forget why I picked up a camera in the first place.  I’ve never regretted it, I just sometimes forget.  It started with the big brown dopey eyes of a Black Lab named Sarge.  Followed up with the big droopy eyes of an English Mastiff named Ruby.  They were quickly replaced by real babies, not that dogs aren’t real babies, they are.  I took SO many pictures when I had Justin, which turned into SO many pictures of Justin and Luke.

I use to take the most useless pictures.  Them sitting, them watching tv.  The zombie stares when they got tired, the milk running down their faces … the chocolate piled around their mouth … evidence that they got into something they were not suppose to.  Stuff toys, holding stuffed toys … playing with new cars.  Wrestling, cuddling, just staring out the window.  I photographed it all.  Then somewhere about three years ago … I found other things to photograph.  Other people in their moments.   The more sessions I took on, the more I put the camera away when I wasn’t out photographing for others.  The more missed photo opportunities on my own end.  I don’t resent it at ALL.  I just wish I remembered to pull out my camera more often when I’m just kicking around the house.

Today after school, I took my boys for haircuts.  Dragged them out to my favorite spot to get a few shots of them growing up.  Made me a little sad.  And also a little more aware that I need to remember to capture their moments.  Years down the road, all you have to show others is the photographs you have taken.  Proof that those times did exist.  I can share my memories of their childhood as they get older but nothing tells a story like a picture.

So today, I made some memories of that time when they were 8 and 5.





Adding one more to this set of pictures …

My dad with Justin and Luke.  He was the worst one to control.


A Personal Favourite Family of Mine | Ottawa Valley Family Photographer

September 22nd, 2011

The weather was just perfect for a sunny late afternoon session with one of my favourite families.  Its not often we see them outside of the hockey arena but they were all dressed and ready for whatever I had in mind for them.  When we first discussed a session, I TOTALLY wanted to take them to an arena and do their session on the ice.  I mean, really … it just makes sense.  I envisioned an arena ice surface, a beautiful settee at centre ice with the hockey net and scoreboard in the background.  Who wouldn’t love that hanging in their living room?

Clearly, this wasn’t going to happen because 1) no ice in town would be likely to let me do a session there on the ice and 2) its just too stinkin’ cold to do a whole session in there, and if I were being honest … I don’t have a beautiful settee.  *yet*

So we picked the date (months ago) and kept our fingers crossed that hockey would not interfere.  And all went according to plan.

Kate … always beautiful, Noah … quite the ladies man,  mom and dad *have I mentioned that I love these guys* managed to get through their family session with lots of smiles, silly faces and tickling.

A few to share …









And it just wouldn’t be right to photograph THIS particular family without at least SOME type of hockey themed picture.  Right? I mean … I thought it was funny.



Thank you once again, for picking MOI to photograph your family  :)

And I can not WAIT to come over and see them up on your walls.


Complete non-photography blog post …. just because

August 23rd, 2011

Arghhhh, its coming!!!!!  Fall is coming and with that comes school and hockey.  I’ve been saying for months now that I am looking forward to school and hockey starting because it means my life will slow down just a bit and now that i have time to sit and think things through, I may have been a little optimistic.  I’m super excited that Justin is starting Grade 3 in two short weeks but I have just loved having him home with me every day.  He has grown up so much this past year.  He is witty and funny.  Sarcastic and affectionate.  He is personable and helpful.  He is simply wonderful.  I’m so blessed that I am his mom.

Luke will be going into Sr. Kindergarten with Mrs. List.  She must have the patience of a Saint.  Although I’m a bit sad to see him back on the school bus, its only for half of the week so I will still get to have him home some.  lol (yes, I’m not outright saying that I will dreadfully miss him, go on … point that out, I know you’re thinking it).  I will say, I have spent a lot of one on one time with Lukey this summer and everytime I look at him, I do a double take and try to memorize where his body comes to on certain articles in my home.  My coffee table, my kitchen counter.  He is growing so fast and I want BOTH my children to just stop.  STOP!

I would take them at 5 and 8 and keep them here.

Along with school comes hockey.  I don’t think we’ve really had a break from hockey to be honest.  Our house league hockey carried into Viper Spring hockey… which moved into some ice time throughout the summer and a tournament here and there.  But I know within the next two weeks good ol’ evaluations will begin and with it will be multiple trips to the hockey arena.  A place I’ve grown to love :)  I remember sitting at a soccer tournament recently and thinking … you know … at least with hockey, you KNOW its a cold arena.  You dress accordingly.  End of story.  Soccer leaves you sitting outside in the blazing sun and heat while sweat drips from your entire body. ughhh.  I do love fall the best.

So, I just finished three weeks of work where I was spinning.  I’m finally feeling some relief as things start to slow down.  I’m all caught up and once again have time to breathe (and dance).  Apparently I dance when I am in a happy place and relaxed.  Visited my friend Trish (who has promised me that if she doesn’t start to see me more by OCTOBER, she is packing up and moving back to New Brunswick) and I think I spent the whole hour dancing in her living room with the kids.  Oh yes I did.  Windows were open too :)

Things are good and if I were to talk shop at all in this post it is just to say that I have had a few inquiries for October and I will be taking bookings at the start of September.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer …


What a wonderful Wedding Day | Michelle & Missy Style

August 15th, 2011

When Christina Doucette, photographer formerly from Petawawa moved away she called me and asked me if I would be available to shoot a wedding on August 13, 2011.  My original response was “I don’t do wedding Christina, but if you’re completely stuck … ”  Then I asked where the wedding was to take place and she said “Northfork”.  I instantly had all these ideas of what it would be like.  I love Northfork and Christina couldn’t be any more RIGHT when she said Rachel and Alex were an awesome couple and it would be the perfect “first wedding” for me.  Still, I had a lot to think about.  So I told Christina I would get back to her as to whether or not I would be able.  In that week I contacted my BFF Missy Hertlein of Captured By Missy in London, ONTARIO.  It was a long shot but she’s been saying forever I need to second shoot a wedding with her to get my feet wet.  She promptly agreed to travel to Petawawa to shoot the wedding with me.  (or really, I should correct … I could shoot the wedding with her).

The day threatened thunderstorms and the sky looked like it might be accurate.  From time to time a burst of sun would shine through the clouds and it was just perfect.  During the formals there was a rain cloud but it managed to stay far back in the distance and just swept by … far away from where we were :)

The barn was decorated to perfection with the most beautiful soft hues.  Everything from start to finish was perfect.

Rachel and Alex, cheers to a wonderful life together as husband and wife.

Thank you on behalf of Missy and myself for allowing us to capture your perfect beginning.






Had to add this one to the blog because I just love it.  I can’t say why really, i just do :)







Molly | Ottawa Valley Childrens Photographer

July 25th, 2011

I am telling you, I love her eyes.  Not only is she sweet and smiley (even if she did resist a bit), she is ADORABLE with the biggest roundest eyes.  She was one session that I smiled while editing from start to finish because her eyes were SO big and so full of happiness and curiosity.

And sometimes a little contempt for the hair bow.  Just sayin’.

Happy First Birthday Molly :)



Owen Turns Two | Ottawa Valley Childrens Photographer

July 25th, 2011

Owen is another sweet little boy I met when he was only 9 months old.  His mom has become a dear friend of mine because she shares the same neurotic passion for photographing her child as I do my very own.  LOVE her to pieces.

If she ever moves out of Ontario, I am going to have to follow her just so I can continue to take photos of Owen.  Even though mom does a pretty darn good job herself.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet owen when he was 9 months old, 12 months old and 2 years old.  Each time has been my pleasure.

I can be crazy Aunt Michelle :)


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